Ted Rybeck CEO
Ted helped launch Venly as a spin-off from Benchmarking Partners which he had founded in 1994. At Benchmarking, he co-led development of Walmart’s first Internet-based collaboration system from customers back to suppliers. He subsequently co-led the roll-out of an open source version of Walmart’s “Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment” (CPFR) software as a standard among retailers globally. He served as founding CEO of Syncra Software which spun-off from the CPFR system and today serves as a core of Oracle Corp.’s retail collaboration suite. Ted went on to develop and teach courses on network collaboration at MIT, Wharton, and the University of Chicago School of Business. Ted’s interests stem from growing up in West Virginia where his grandparents helped lead the local Chamber of Commerce. In the early 1990s, Ted served on the non-partisan U.S. Congressional review panel on ecommerce. His work on secure Internet collaboration was then funded by a multi-million dollar award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since 9/11, Ted has served as volunteer chair of a committee to mobilize physical and cybersecurity of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base. He holds a BA in Economics from Haverford College and spent two years as a Thomas Watson Fellow based at IBM Düsseldorf working on regional revitalization through technology.